Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peppermint Bark Snowflakes

Yesterday I posted about a fun and delicious gift for your coworkers. Included in that gift was a snowflake of peppermint bark. I made mine with a little twist this year. Check out the recipe....
I picked up this silicone tray in the Dollar Spot at Target.  You can also substitute cookie cutters as molds for the bark.  Place cookie cutters on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints (I found these at Target too!)
4 oz. Chocolate Chips
4 oz. White Chocolate Chips
Handful of peppermints or candy canes
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
Sprinkles (Mine are snowflakes!)
Vegetable Oil (not required, but good to have on hand)

In a candy melting pot or double boiler, melt your brown chocolate chips.
Meanwhile, in a plastic bag, put your candy canes or peppermints. Crush with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet.
Once your chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract.  If your chocolate is thick or dry looking add a small pour of vegetable oil.  This will smooth it out.  Continue to add a little at a time until you reach a nice smooth consistency.
Pour chocolate into molds. Drop in 2-3 junior mints. 
Sprinkle some peppermint chunks on top.  
Place mold into freezer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt your white chocolate.  Once melted, stir in remaining extract.
Remove mold from freezer. Pour white chocolate into molds.
Top with more peppermint pieces and sprinkles.
Place mold back into freezer for 10-15 minutes.  When chocolate has hardened just pop out of the molds!
This recipe yields 6 snowflake bark pieces. 

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